MSB Newsletter 20/02/17

Welcome to the latest South Birmingham Momentum newsletter, full of exciting events for you to attend and ways to support the group fight the good fight.

It’s the last couple of days before two absolutely crucial by-elections so there isn’t a lot of CLP specific stuff to report on this week because we are in the closing stages of the campaigns, there will be more local Labour Party stuff to report on in future editions we assure you!

We also have our NHS public meeting on Wednesday (more details below). STPs sound like a very dry subject but please believe us when we tell you that they are going to play an absolutely crucial role in the future direction of our NHS.

If you’re reading this newsletter and haven’t joined the Labour Party, then please do so. And if you have and haven’t got involved yet, please do!

Copeland and Stoke by-elections

It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent by-elections are both going to take place this Thursday, 23rd February. Even though there are only a couple of days campaigning left every little helps. Local Momentum activists have already been on the doorstep in Copeland and Stoke and there was a massive turnout from Momentum nationally this weekend in both constituencies. You can find details of the Labour campaign offices here for Copeland and here for Stoke.

West Midlands Labour are also organising plenty of activity in the Stoke Central constituency and any help would be very much appreciated: for more details, click here. On the 23rd phonebanking to get out the vote will begin nice and early at 8am so clear the day if you are able to, or even just half an hour!

It’s absolutely imperative that Labour wins these two by-elections so if there is any support you can offer either campaign it could make a huge difference. If you can call in advance and let them know a) if you’re coming and what you’d prefer to do b) if you have a car that seems to be very helpful!

You can see some videos and pictures taken by our supporters on our Facebook page.

Edgbaston Sub-Group public meeting on the NHS and STPs, 22nd Feb.

South Birmingham Momentum supporters in Edgbaston have organised a public meeting in collaboration with Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham on Wednesday the 22nd. It will be at 7:00 at the Quinborne Centre Ridgacre Road, Quinton, Birmingham, B32 2TW. The theme is “The NHS crisis and STPs – how should Labour respond?” and speakers include Caroline Molloy, a well-known campaigner on NHS issues and something of an expert on them, so it will be well worth going along!

‘Vote Len McCluskey’ Rally, 22nd Feb

Len McCluskey is standing again for general secretary of the UNITE union – he and his supporters are holding a rally next Wednesday the 22nd Feb at the Loft Lounge, 143 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham B5 6RG at 6pm.

Momentum city centre stall on the NHS, Saturday the 25th Feb

South will be helping to run a stall on the crucial issue of the NHS this Saturday coming. We’ll be by the bull from 11 – please join us even if it’s only for half an hour. The future of our NHS is an absolutely crucial one and one our branch’s priorities.

Tower of Song branch fundraiser – 25th Feb

You may already be aware that the wonderful Tower of Song in Kings Norton are great friends of ours. They are putting on another fundraiser for us this Saturday from 20:30 with all proceeds (£5 on the door) going to branch coffers to support our work. Please join us for an evening of music and if you want to have a chat with some of our members then that can be arranged too! Plus the bar is very cheap!

Explore your Political Pathway: Birmingham, 1st March

The Parliament Project is an initiative to increase the number of women in Parliament and they have an event on the 1st March at the Council House.

From the Blurb:

“Women, have you considered getting involved in politics but not quite been able to take the plunge? Do you need more information but don’t know where to get it? Or do you worry you don’t have the skills but you still want to make a difference?

Come along to our first Birmingham workshop from The Parliament Project, an initiative to increase the numbers of women in political office, as we help women explore their political pathway.”

REEL NEWS Videos and Activism workshop and film evening at Izons, Thurs 2nd March

Infamous Community Arts and Banner Theatre present Video and Activism by REEL NEWS, a free event run at Izons (West Bromwich) on Thursday 2 March 17: Campaigns and struggles for social justice, here and abroad, which are not only fighting back, but winning too!

  • Workshop 2pm-5pm (booking necessary)
  • Film/Q&A evening 7pm-9pm

More details about booking is in on the flyer attached below at the end of this newsletter.

Women’s meeting, 2nd March

Some of our women members have organised a further get-together on Thursday the 2nd March at Loco Lounge (32/34 High Street Kings Heath, B14 7JT) at 7pm. It’s very much a social event rather than a decision-making gathering – all welcome! The last one was a very big success and we’re sure the group will go from strength to strength.

‘Our NHS’ demonstration: 4th March

Our NHS is at breaking point. With a backdrop of continued cuts and closures, private companies seek to gain even more of a foothold within the NHS. Theresa May’s demands for yet more austerity in the NHS represent a real risk to the safety of patients and the service. The Government’s latest wheeze, Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) are in reality just a smokescreen for further cuts and privatization. A coalition of organisations have organised a demonstration on the 4th March and MSB are organising a coach. If you would like to go can you please email Nicky Brennan at nicky151289@gmail.com or Chris Kuriata at Chriskuriata@live.co.uk

Next MSB branch meeting, 5th March

Our next MSB branch meeting will be on  Sunday the 5th March so if you’ve recovered from the NHS demo please come along to Friends Meeting House, 1 Hamlet Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B28 9BG at 4pm. All Momentum members and supporters in the Edgbaston, Hall Green, Northfield and Selly Oak constituencies are welcome and there’ll be loads to discuss and get involved in. There’s only one exclusion and it’s the usual one – if you’re a member of a party other than Labour then you won’t be able to attend – sorry but you know the score by now!

Stirchley Library Campaign meeting: Sat 11th Mar

The campaign to protect the service of Stirchley continues despite the relatively positive news about the future of library services in Birmingham recently. The next public/organising meeting is on Saturday the 11th March, 10.30, at Stirchley Community Church.

‘Feminism and the Foodbank’, 15th Mar

Although this isn’t an official Momentum event our supporters are involved and we would encourage everyone to go along to P Café 1464 Pershore Road, B30 2NT on the 15th at 7pm. To coincide with International Women’s Day there will be a discussion on the theme of ‘Feminism and the Foodbank’. It’s free to get in but please bring a donation of female hygine products to be donated to B30 Food bank. More details here.

Edgbaston constituency dates for your diary

  • South Birmingham Momentum Edgbaston supporters/KONP public meeting on the NHS and STPs at the Quinborne Centre: 22nd Feb (full details above)

Hall Green constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing this week but we’ll announce things as soon as we have them!

Selly Oak constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing this week but we’ll announce things as soon as we have them!

Northfield constituency dates for your diary

  • Nothing this week but we’ll announce things as soon as we have them!

South Birmingham Momentum T-Shirts

Not before time in my view, wear it with pride: MSB t-shirts are going to be ordered: £10 red with South Birmingham Momentum on it. If people would like one email nicky151289@gmail.com

MSB stalls committee – volunteers needed

Our stalls co-ordinator, Chris Kuriata, is on the lookout for people to join the group’s stalls committee. Stalls have been a crucial way that we have got our ideas across. You might even get your picture taken with John McDonnell! Email Chris: Chriskuriata@live.co.uk

MSB social media classes

Nicky Brennan, one of our social media managers, is interested in running some classes if you are uninitiated in Facebook and Twitter etc. and want to learn more about how to make best use of them – they are crucial part of modern political campaigning and you are never too old to learn something new! If you’re interested get in touch with Nicky: nicky151289@gmail.com

Statement on the Birmingham Board

Momentum South Birmingham have produced a statement in opposition to the recent Birmingham Board of the Labour Party decision to restrict eligible voters in the selection of council candidates next year. Opposition to this mystifying and self-defeating move is growing across the city’s CLPs – in the area we cover resolutions calling for it to be reversed have been passed in at least two wards in each constituency. You can read the statement here – please share with all of your contacts as we believe this is a big issue – and please raise in your local Labour Party.

Ward and CLP meetings

If you want the group to publicise upcoming local Labour Party activities and branch and CLP meetings to encourage attendance, please let us know either by emailing me direct or the group account below; our wonderful social media managers Kate, Lucy, Nicky and Sam will do the rest!

https://www.facebook.com/momentumbirminghamsouth/

https://momentumsbham.wordpress.com/

https://twitter.com/@MomentumSBham/

MomentumbhamSouth@hotmail.com

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/momentum-south-birmingham

http://www.leftwardtendency.co.uk/wall-of-fame

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